• Tutor, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge (2020-)
  • Lecturer in English – University of Kent (2019-)
  • Humanities Faculty – Glenelg Country School (2017-2018)
  • Lecturer in English – George Mason University (2015-2017)
  • Lecturer in English – American University (2015-2016)


  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Cornell University, May 2015
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, Cornell University, May 2012
  • B.A. with highest honors, English (History minor), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2005



“‘Companion to…the pending struggle’: L. Prang and Company’s War Telegram Marking Map.” Picturing Eloquence: The Civil War in Word and Image. Eds. Kathleen Diffley and Benjamin Fagan. Athens: U of Georgia Press, 2018.

Near Andersonville: Place and Race in Early American Regionalism.” Literary Cultures of the Civil War. Ed. Timothy Sweet. Athens: U of Georgia Press, 2016. 225-243.

“Words of War.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Vol. 4.2 (Fall 2016): 228-237.

“Melville’s Epitaphs: On Time, Place, and War.” The New England Quarterly. Vol. 87.2 (June 2014): 292-318.


Trevor Paglen reveals the hidden networks that rule our lives.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine. July 2018.

Mark Bradford confronts the myths of America’s past.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine. Jan. 2018: 21. Print.

Telling the story of the African American experience in Washington” [Review of the National Museum of African American History and Culture]. Apollo: The International Art Magazine. Feb. 2017: 84-85. Print.

Comment Pieces

“Portents Dire.” The Junket – An Online Quarterly, forthcoming 2018.

Martin Puryear may prove the ideal choice to represent the US at Venice.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine. August 2018.

How paintings of the Obamas will shake up American portraiture.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine. October 2017.

“America needs its history museums more than ever.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine. June 2017.

“The battle to save ‘The Battle of Atlanta.'” Apollo: The International Art Magazine. Feb. 2017.


Starting School After Charlottesville: Dr. Jill Spivey Caddell on #SilentSam and Monuments.” PhDivas, Sept. 2017.


2021          Quarry Farm Residential Fellowship, Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira, NY

2017          Teacher of a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medalist

2016           Finalist, Zuckerman Prize in American Studies, McNeil Center for Early American Studies

2015            Guilford Essay Prize, Highest Excellence in English Prose, Cornell University

2014            Alan Young-Bryant Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Cornell University

2013            Moses Coit Tyler Prize, best essay by an undergraduate or graduate student in American history, literature, or folklore, Cornell University

2012                        American Studies Program Graduate Research Grant, Cornell University

2012                        Shin Fellowship, Excellence in Research and Pedagogy, Cornell University

2012            Graduate Student Humanities Travel Research Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

2012            Humanities Dissertation Writing Group Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

2009, 2013            Sage Fellowship, Cornell University

2005                        Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


“Civil War Monuments Database.” Collaboration with Kristen Treen (University of St Andrews) and Michael LeMahieu (Clemson University) on digital database of Civil War monuments, with scholarly interpretation, maps, and other interpretive apparatus. Currently in grant-application phase.


Invited Lectures

  • “Memory-Building and Memorializing in Elmira: Mark Twain and John W. Jones in Relation. Park Church Lecture, Center for Mark Twain Studies, Elmira, NY, upcoming July 2021.
  • “Inheritance and the Nineteenth Century.” Cornell Americanist Reading Group Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May 2021.
  • “The Geographies of War: Marking Maps and the Civil War Spatial Imaginary.” Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira, NY, April 2021.

Papers Given as Panel Organizer

  • “Elmira, Literary Tourism, and War.” Panel: Geographies of Memory in Nineteenth-Century America. Modern Language Association Conference, Vancouver, January 2015.
  • “‘These Yet But Half-Formed Regions’: Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s Ecologies of Emancipation.” Panel: Uncommon Manhood: Revisiting Thomas Wentworth Higginson. C19 Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, March 2014.
  • “Mapping Lincoln’s Face: Whitman’s Intimate Geographies of War.” Panel: Whitman’s Intimate Localities. Melville and Whitman Conference, Washington, DC, June 2013.

Papers Given

  • “Gettysburg at Newport: Anatopism and Henry James’s Civil Wars.” C19 Conference, State College, PA, March 2016.
  • “‘To Follow With Eye and Pencil’: Interactive Maps and the Space-Time of War.” Midwest MLA Conference (Civil War Caucus), Columbus, OH, November 2015.
  • “Consuming Place: Geophagy and the South in Fanny Kemble’s Journal.” Midwest MLA Conference (Civil War Caucus), Detroit, MI, November 2014.
  • “Charles Chesnutt and the Place of Race in the Regionalist Atlantic Story.” American Literature Association Conference (Paul Laurence Dunbar Society Panel), Washington, DC, May 2014.
  • “Melville’s Epitaphs.” Midwest MLA Conference (Civil War Caucus), Milwaukee, WI, November 2013.
  • “War’s Oblique Places: Dickinson, Higginson, and the Geographies of War Correspondence.” Emily Dickinson International Society Conference, Washington, DC, August 2013.
  • “Phillis Wheatley, George Moses Horton, and the Bound Genealogies of African-American Poetry.” Society of Early Americanists Conference, Savannah, GA, February 2013.
  • Near Andersonville: African-American Witness, Regionalism, and the Limits of Civil War Memory.” Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Meeting, Columbus, GA, February 2013.
  • “Boundaries that Bind: Constance Fenimore Woolson’s ‘Rodman the Keeper’ and the Geographies of Post-War Citizenship.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Denver, CO, October 2012.
  • “Melville’s Epitaphs.” (Paper reviewed in ESQ Volume 59, Number 1, 2013, “The Year in Conferences.”) Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, WA, January 2012.


  • Plotting Girlhood: Reading Little Women (2 sections)
  • The “Real” America: Class and Culture in the American Gilded Age (1 section)
  • American Power American Protest (1 section)
  • Declaring Independence: Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 sections)
  • American Crime Fiction (1 section)
  • American Modernities (1 section)
  • AP English Literature (1 section)
  • American Literature (4 sections, year-long survey)
  • “Everybody Hates a Tourist”: Americans in the World (2 sections) 
  • Advanced Academic Writing (3 sections; 1 hybrid and 2 online)
  • Monumental America: Memory, Memorial, Nation (1 section)
  • Literature of the American South (1 section)
  • American Voices: Plotting Girls (2 sections)
  • The Mystery in the Story (2 sections)


2019-2021        Chief Examiner, Centre for American Studies, University of Kent

2020                Deputy Research Director, School of English, University of Kent

2018                Volunteer ESOL Teacher, Peterborough Asylum & Refugee Community Association

2016            Seminar Participant, “Beyond Thoreau: Re-imagining Environmental Pedagogy,” C19 Conference, Penn State University

2015            Participant, Emily Dickinson Critical Institute, Amherst College

2013            Guest Lecturer, ENGL 236: American Girls and Literary Contexts (Brigitte Fielder, instructor), University of Wisconsin-Madison

2013            Reading List Coordinator for Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Study Group meeting on “Circulation and the Civil War,” Gettysburg College

2013            Presenter, Cornell English Department Meeting for New Instructors

2013                        Judge, Wordfest Essay Contest (critical essay competition), Valparaiso University

2011-2012            President, English Graduate Student Organization, Cornell University

2011                        Research Assistant, Prof. Shirley Samuels, Cornell University

2011            Participant, Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College

2010-2011            Treasurer, English Graduate Student Organization, Cornell University

2009-2011            Participant, Peer Collaboration and Mentorship Programs, Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, Cornell University

2009-2014            Organizer and Fundraiser, guest lectures by Paul Downes, Elisa Tamarkin, Peter Coviello, Amanda Claybaugh, Bethany Schneider, Cornell University

2009-2014            Conference Organizing Committee Member, Global Nineteenth-Century Day Conference, Cornell University

2009-2014            Officer and Web Site Coordinator, Nineteenth-Century American Reading Group, Cornell University


  • Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (C19)
  • Society of Early Americanists
  • American Studies Association
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • Modern Language Association

REFERENCES: Available upon request.